Air layering hydrangeas and seasonal pruning.

The Oakleaf hydrangeas I purchased as twigs in the clearance plant area of a local garden center years ago have grown so large! A few lower limbs are on the ground and over the brick boarder. I will use this opportunity to take cuttings or air layer root the limbs.

Sometimes the limbs will root on their own when they are in contact with the ground. This limb has a small root. I will pot it up and keep it moist and it should grow more roots throughout our warm Winter and by Spring be nicely rooted.

20130822-143126.jpgAir layering is easy in this situation. All you have to do is to dig a trench and bury the limbs leaving the limb attached to the plant and the leaf end exposed. By the end of the season they should be rooted.

The oak shaped leaves become a beautiful red and orange in the Fall. Very similar to maple leaves. The white blooms in the Spring are long and pointed. The plants grow very large as these are about 5 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

I removed the limbs which were hanging out of the bed and covering the brick edging. I will root these the old-fashioned way as cuttings.


Last year I buried a low limb on the Soutbern Magnolia in an effort to air layer it. It has grown fast and is firmly rooted so I will move it next Spring!


The old fashioned hydrangeas near the Basjoo bananas were trimmed today, too. They bloom on second year wood so the old wood that bloomed this year was removed and the new, green limbs were left to bloom next year. This also allows room for the Spring blooming bulbs when their season arrives next year.


I saved many cuttings to root. By next Fall these will be nicely rooted and beautiful small plants.


The Autumn clematis on the light post have gone crazy! They have grown over the lights. I had pulled them down earlier in the season but I will wait until they complete their blooming cycle before their annual Fall trim. Theses on the lamp post in front of the house are in partial shade so they peak a few weeks after the one on the mailbox. It grows faster in the full sun out by the street.


Autumn clematis blooms on new wood so an aggressive trim in the Spring keeps them clean and promotes a very heavy bloom. They are so fragrant you can smell the sweet scent about ten feet away! After blooming, a fluffy silver seed head forms. The freely seed through out the garden.



Filed under Plants, Seasonal Maintenance

12 responses to “Air layering hydrangeas and seasonal pruning.

  1. seems as though your lack of additional fields or lotto money hasn’t tempered your desire to cultivate zillions of cuttings – a classic gardening lesson, where there is a will there is a spot in the garden!


  2. Thank you for sharing how to do “air layering” a plant. I’ve read it before, but never seen it done. I have a dwarf oak leaf hydrangea. Yours looks so beautiful. I love the leaves on the oak leaf…..I just don’t have the space for a large one, I sure wish I did! 🙂


  3. Love hydrangeas but never heard of the oak leaf variety. Thanks for introducing me to them. Air layering is so much fun. It’s great to gain another plant for free!


  4. That’s a good way to get more rhododendrons too.


  5. You’ve given me hope, I’ve tried to get a magnolia to layer a few times, but gave up. I’ll try again.
    Another one that layers incredibly easily is the doublefile viburnums. (v. tomentosum I believe).


  6. shashimcharles

    This is my first year growing hydrangeas and I had no idea about air layering! Thank you for sharing!
    Glad to have stumbled by your blog 🙂
    Shashi @


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